Bionic Ankle Steps Up
ankle replacement surgery for athletes and seniors with arthritis who are tired of limping.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Greg GuruleGreg Gurule
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Bionic knees and hips to replace worn out aren't new, but now the ankle is getting a boost and getting people back on their feet. The number of ankle replacement surgeries on arthritic or damaged joints is increasing. The common practice before introduction of the bionic ankle was to fuse the joint in place, which incapacitated many patients.
The bionic joint replacements are made of surgical steel and plastic that are built to withstand 15 years of day to day punishment. Dr. Geoffrey Landis with the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute said patients can get rid of their crutches and canes and abandon their scooters after the surgery and get back to living life fully.
Patients are able to take part in sports like tennis and golf, however long distance running is discouraged because of the heavy wear it causes on the new bionic ankle.